Research News

  • Africa's protected areas have only a quarter of the elephants they should

    Posted on April 19, 2017

    A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria provides an estimate of the number of elephants that should be present in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries.

  • UP collaborates to save the survivors

    Posted on July 15, 2016

    The Department of Paraclinical Sciences and various partners have initiated a project to determine how rearing conditions and environment affect orphaned rhinos' adaption to their natural habitat.

  • Rhino research that matters at UP

    Posted on July 11, 2016

    Dr Cindy Harper and her team from UP's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory have developed a ground-breaking technique to collect and catalogue DNA from rhinos and rhino horns.

  • Experts agree to enhanced international DNA testing of rhinos

    Posted on July 05, 2016

    The RhODIS system for profiling and indexing rhino DNA, developed by UP's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory and partners, could become the standard for producing DNA profiles that can be analysed and compared in a global database.

  • The time to be innovative is now!

    Posted on May 18, 2016

    The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria celebrated the academic achievements of its top students at its annual Outstanding Achievers Function earlier in May this year.

  • New study on vulture-killing drug raises serious concerns

    Posted on March 15, 2016

    For over a decade it has been known that some drugs are toxic to vultures and that they are exposed to these drugs by consuming contaminated carcasses. A new study shows that the threat to these magnificent birds are far from over.

  • UP veterinarians do their part to save our rhino

    Posted on March 03, 2016

    As the rhino poaching crisis escalates, this year's theme for World Wildlife Day, 'The future of wildlife is in our hands' is a chilling reminder of the situation in South Africa.

  • The future of wildlife in our hands

    Posted on March 03, 2016

    On 3 March 2016, the UN celebrates World Wildlife Day with the theme 'The future of wildlife is in our hands'.

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